15 June 2017

Entry Level Jobs - Office Assistant - Insectary Technician at Abt Associates

Organization: Abt Associates
Project Name:  Uganda IRS Project Phase II
Funding Source: United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Duty Station: Uganda

About Abt:
Abt Associates is an international development organization composed of dedicated professionals who provide technical assistance, research, analysis, and practical training services in more than 128 countries.

About USAID Project:
The USAID-funded Uganda IRS Project’s objective is to conduct an ambitious spraying program and establish the foundation for sustainable, effective, high-quality IRS activities.

Job Summary: The Office Assistant Insectary Technician will support the International Health Division in Uganda. The incumbent will be responsible for management of mosquito insectaries for the purposes of rearing of susceptible malaria vectors (An. gambiae s.s.) for IRS entomological monitoring/studies and research activities as directed by the responsible officers.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Maintain and care on a daily basis the insectary and the animal (rabbit) house
  • Feed mosquitoes and the rabbits
  • Make sure that enough susceptible mosquitoes are available for entomological monitoring activities whenever needed
  • Ensure that rabbits are readily available and healthy for feeding the mosquitoes
  • Guarantee that the insectary and the animal (rabbit) house are clean
  • Ensure at all times that there are no crawling, walking, flying or resting insects or spiders in the insectary other than larval and adult mosquitoes in cages
  • Actively monitor the correct temperature and relative humidity in the insectary
  • Dress, care and maintain the mosquito cages
  • Ensure that the towels, cages and larval dishes are clean
  • Ensure the availability of consumables for the mosquitoes and rabbits
  • Budget for and request for the necessary consumables for the insectary
  • Restrict the unauthorized entry of visitors/personnel into the insectary and animal house
  • Be available at the insectary everyday especially in the mornings and evenings
  • Keep the inventory and proper records of the insectary
  • Care for and protect the properties of the insectary
  • Observe ethical and professional conduct according to the School of Entomology and Parasitology and Ministry of Health ethics
  • Observe confidentiality of the insectary data
  • Report any challenges encountered in the interest of the insectary immediately to Abt Associates
  • Document any lessons learnt regarding the proper maintenance and functioning of the insectary
  • Should at all times not use the insectary or animal house for personal use or gain

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The Insectary Technician should preferably hold a Diploma in Entomology and Parasitology
  • A minimum of two years’ relevant experience in insectary management and related entomology activities preferred
  • Possess the ability to take initiative, make appropriate decisions and manage insectary effectively
  • Advanced written and oral skills in English.

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates who wish to join Abt Associates’ USAID Project should Apply Online by visiting their e-recruitment portal below.


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